Shepherd’s Pie


Shepherd’s Pie is a British classic with a layer of mincemeat, vegetables topped with creamy mashed potatoes. This version uses a touch of red chili flakes to give it a Desi kick.

Shepherd’s Pie Recipe


  • ½ kg potatoes, peeled and boiled
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup cream
  • Salt and black pepper (to taste)
  • Red chili flakes (to taste)
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 300 grams beef mince (chicken mince can be substituted instead)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 1 capsicum chopped
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup peas
  • ¼ cup sweet corn


  1. Boil potatoes in salted water until tender. Potatoes are cooked through when a knife can easily pass through the flesh.
  2. Add cream, egg, salt, pepper and red chili flakes to taste.
  3. Mash the potatoes until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings if required. Set aside.
  4. While the potatoes are boiling, prepare the beef mince mixture.
  5. Heat oil in a medium sized pan.
  6. Add beef mince and saute on high heat till beef changes color.
  7. Turn heat to medium and add onion, carrot and capsicum. Cook vegetables with meat for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  8. Add butter, flour and chicken stock to the beef mixture. Keep stirring constantly, and the mixture will thicken up. Add Worcestershire sauce, along with salt and pepper.
  9. Add peas and sweet corn. Cook for about 5 minutes till beef is tender.
  10. Pour the beef mixture in an oven-safe casserole dish. Spoon the potatoes over the meat evenly making sure the edges are covered as the gravy can bubble up from the edges.
  11. Garnish with red chili flakes.
  12. Put in the oven and broil for about 5-10 minutes until potatoes are browned from the top.

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